Back-to-school Larkin hopes to take testing times in stride
EOIN LARKIN will sit his Leaving Certificate exams for Irish this summer -- something that could come in useful for the Kilkenny captain in September should he find himself climbing the steps of the Hogan Stand.
The James Stephens man has returned to finish his second level education having previously left school after sitting his Junior Certificate and he will also take exams in English, maths, history and geography before kicking off Kilkenny's assault on Liam MacCarthy on June 23 against either Carlow, Laois or Dublin in Portlaoise.
The 2008 Hurler of the Year has parked his army commitments for the duration of his studies and has found combining studying and training more difficult than training and working.
"It would be easier to work and hurl," said Larkin, "because you go to school and in the night time you have to do your bit of study and things like that.
"If I was working I'd be finished by five or six o'clock and your time is your own.
"At the start I found it hard to try to sit down. But when you go back you realise that you want to learn. It was something I didn't want to do when I was a young lad, but I'm enjoying it now.
"The training and travelling can be tough -- if I was doing it in Kilkenny it would be a lot easier. I'm enjoying it and hopefully I'll get the marks that I want."
Larkin is studying in the Cork College of Commerce and isn't surprised at the Rebels' early-season form that saw them inflict the Cats' only defeat in the league and he dismissed any notion that his side are clear favourites once more.
"Jimmy Barry-Murphy is doing a fantastic job. He has a few good young lads and if you are rebuilding a team you have to go with the youth and they are in the league semi-final.
"If they can get over Tipperary it would be a massive confidence boost coming into the championship and they'll be right there with a few other teams.
"Dublin have come up, Galway will be there and so will Tipp obviously so we are all starting from scratch again."